The fourth phrase of social work corner for female and social work corner for female migrant workers was held in Woman Children’s Activity Centre of Shenzhen from 6th to 8th November in order to promote the development of female migrant worker service and the exchanges with practitioners for female workers.
Professor Shaopeng Song of Renmin University of China, Ms Suet Wah Choi of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Rural Women, Heart to Heart Community Care, Shenzhen Green Rose Worker Service Centre and other senior practitioners for female workers were invited to participate the Corner. The exchanges among the participants were conducted through theoretical analysis, interventional techniques, experience sharing and field workshop. The activity attracted 38 people from different high schools and social organisations in Mainland China.
The event started from group discussions on the problems and causes that women face in families, work and society. Each group analysed deeply on domestic violence, emotional labour, ignorance of housework value, employment discrimination, occupational hazards, sexual harassment and other unfair treatments that women face in the above three spheres. Participants expressed freely on the reasons behind these situations. The first reason is the domination of male-chauvinism over feminism. Most female workers are influenced by male-chauvinism. The second reason is the lack of input of social welfare. The particularity of female workers has not been considered in legal policy. The third reason include the high mobility of female workers, the lack of social resource and support network, the weakness of group consciousness etc.
Figure 1: Group discussion – The realities and root cause analysis that Chinese female workers face